Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
Comprehensive Conservation Planning
Latest News in Developing CCP
We are in the process of developing a range of management alternatives to present in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (NFWR) Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS). Those alternatives will be based on our refuge purposes, our proposed refuge vision and management goals, and issues that were raised by other agencies, partners, or the public. Many issues were identified during the public scoping step of the planning process, including at the public meetings we hosted during December 2007 through January 2008. We learned a lot of valuable information at those meetings that will be useful in developing alternatives.
This summer and fall we have been meeting with representatives from the four State’s natural resource agencies (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut) to discuss management alternatives. There has been a lot of information to exchange since all four states have been active in implementing and updating their Wildlife Action Plans.
There is also some valuable landscape (regional level) modeling, mapping, and research underway in the Connecticut River Watershed that is being conducted by our partners. We are trying to stay current with the information that is being generated so we can incorporate it into our planning process. It has been exciting and challenging to stay on top of all the incredible work being done, but we are trying!
Public Meetings Follow-up
During some of our early meetings, we received requests for additional information on how the Service makes decisions about public uses, and specifically what decisions have been made about snowmobiling on refuges in the area. Click here for access to Service policy on “appropriateness” and “compatibility” and for snowmobiling decisions at Missisquoi NWR, and at the Pondicherry and Nulhegan Divisions of Silvio O Conte NFWR.
If you are interested in what we presented during our December 2007 and January 2008 public meetings, you can view that presentation here: View the public meeting presentation.
Potential Future Land Protection Options
Please take a look at the potential Silvio O. Conte NFWR CCP/EIS land protection focus areas as they have been suggested by partners and the public.
Issues, Concerns, and Opportunities
We developed a list of issues, concerns and opportunities to address in the Sivio O. Conte NFWR CCP based on input from the public, our conservation partners, State and Federal agencies, as well from the Service.
For additional information about the responses that we received from our planning workbookclick here.